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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday, February I, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3AObituaries—UCINSKI William Marshall Ucinski, 74, of New Braunfels, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be conducted Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 1:15 p.m. Monday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Arrangements are under the direction of: Zoeller Funeral Home Satellites spot activity at nuke plant RODRIGUEZ Nicolas Rodriguez, 69, of New Braunfels, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Visitation will be conducted Monday from IO a.m. to 9 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for a IO a.m. Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of: Zoeller Funeral Home CASTEEL/From 1A that arise from rapid growth and development in counties along the San Antonio-Austin corridor. “It means there’ll be a voice that can talk from experience about why counties need to have some authority over land use,” Casteel said. The County Affairs Committee oversees the organization and operation of counties and establishes county election districts. It also reg ulates regional councils of governments, contacts between counties and the Commission on Jail Standards. The House Committee on Rules and Regulations deals with procedures. It oversees the rules and procedures put in place by the House of Representatives. It also oversees all resolutions to congratulate, memorialize or to name mascots of the house. FLUME/From 1A “My attorney and Mr. (Mayo) Galindo (counsel to the ethics commission) say it has major flaws,” she said. Patrick made the complaint against Flume in early December because he said he believed she acted improperly when she voted Oct. 28 to delay action on Federal Emergency Management Agency flood recovery maps. She abstained in other votes pertaining to the maps and testified Friday evening that she wasn’t sure even whether they had been adopted. In the hearing, Smithers attacked the complaint. “It is our contention it was groundless, filed in bad faith and was intended to harass Mrs. Flume,” he said. “It would be a great travesty for her to have to spend money in a quasi-judicial proceeding about what Mr. Patrick thinks should be the law,” Smithers said. Patrick expressed disappointment afterward. “It was about like I thought. I was the one on trial,” he said. “Of course I’m disappointed. I certainly wish we could have had all seven members of the commission present for the hearing. I believe that’s a change that should be looked at,” Patrick said. The awarding of legal fees to Flume, he said, would have an effect on the process. “Obviously, it tells people, ‘Don’t file an ethics complaint.’ Even if you bring it forth in good faith and you believe it’s valid, you could be the next person who gets assessed a bill for it,” Patrick said. “There’s a difference between bringing something in bad faith and believing you were right but being found wrong,” he said. SISTERS/From 1A The girls’ parents were both involved in FFA, and Lisa was also involved in 4-H when they were younger. They showed cattle, lambs and steers. “They’ve grown up around (agriculture),” Lisa said. The girls’ friends and cousins show, also. “All it took was one trip to see their cousins show (in San Antonio), and that was it,” Lisa said. Laura Beth agreed. ‘The first time (we saw a livestock show) we were really little,” Laura Beth said. “I’ve liked it ever since.” She said she loves showing animals more than anything. “You name it, and I’ve probably done it,” Laura Beth said of her many extracurricular activities. “I like this the best because the whole family can do it.” Laura Beth’s parents like her involvement in agriculture for many reasons. “I think they get a lot of responsibility in a fun way,” Lisa said. ‘They’re learning by doing.” “We do it together,” Laura CLEANUP/From 1A commissioner, Jan Kennady, said she hoped needed work in Horseshoe Falls is emphasized in the new contract. “I toured Horseshoe Falls Estates, and they still have some serious problems,” she said. Moore said efforts had been redoubled to locate owners of subdivision property — some of whom five out of state — and he was confident progress was being made. “We now have releases WASHINGTON (AP) — Heightened activity detected by spy satellites around a North Korean nuclear plant has American intelligence analysts in disagreement: Is the reclusive communist government rushing to produce nuclear weapons or just.bluff-ing? Throughout January, American spy satellites have detected covered trucks apparently taking on cargo at the nuclear storage facility at Yongbyon, where spent nuclear fuel rods are stored, U.S. officials said Friday on condition of anonymity. When processed, enough plutonium could be extracted from the rods to make four or five nuclear weapons. The U.N. nuclear watchdog has said there are 8,000 rods. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer would not comment on the intelligence, but warned Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, against taking “another provocative step” that “further isolates North Korea from the international community.” Immersed in planning for a possible war against Iraq, the Bush administration has played down Korean developments of recent months even as North Korea continued to ratchet up the tension. There is a broadening consensus in the administration that the reclusive communist regime is moving quickly down the path toward developing nuclear weapons, one senior defense official said. At the same time, another said that because North Koreans know they’re being watched, Pyongyang is also suspected of maneuvering to force Americans to the bargaining table. The fact that they’ve done this in broad daylight, as it were, suggests to me that this is part of the brinksmanship with the United States,” said Kurt Campbell, an Asia specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a policy adviser at the Pentagon during the Clinton administration. “I think they’re playing with fire,” he said. “Even though the administration has feigned nonchalance, the reality is that tampering with plutonium that could be shipped or smuggled is extraordinarily serious, and, I would argue, crosses a very clear and bright red line." Officials say they don’t really know what North Korea is up to at the long-shuttered plant, which is north of Pyongyang. It is possible that the trucks moving there over recent weeks are loading spent fuel rods, either to be stored elsewhere or in preparation for processing, one official said. More people have been working at the complex, • including grading roads, signs '* that the regime in Pyongyang is resuming operations. The activity is not particularly unexpected, since the Koreans withdrew from a global anti-nuclear pact and said they would restart the reactor at Yongbyon to generate electricity. But restarting it would be another ominous step in a crisis that has been escalating since October. Under President Clinton, the United States drew up plans to bomb Yongbyon in 1994 . That crisis was defused with an energy deal under which Pyongyang agreed to mothball the facility in return for oil shipments and construction of less threatening nuclear power plants by a consortium of the United States, Japan and South Korea. Scientists closer to growing human-compatible organs Beth said. “It’s like our business. It’s like our job.” Lisa said every year the girls do more for themselves — from feeding to selecting the animals they buy. StUl raising animals requires parental involvement “It’s a family project,” Craig said. “Everyone’s involved.” Craig also likes what his daughters get out of agriculture. “Even though they don’t know,” he said, “they’re learning about business. They are learning about economics.” He said they also learn sportsmanship and social skills. “Isn’t that a lot to learn at 9 years old?” he said. Laura Beth and Jana might not know what they are getting out of raising animals, but they are looking forward to showing this year. They will show at the Austin, San Antonio and Comal County shows this year. Next year, the girls will go to the Houston show for the first time. from aU but three property owners,” he said. County Judge Danny Scheel said his office would stay on top of the cleanup issue. “We realize it’s been nine months since the flood, and that’s a long time," Scheel said. “But we ask people to bear with us because this all takes time. If you see crews go by and theres still stuff in the trees after they leave, call us.” OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Scientists say they successfully grafted a pig’s heart to a sheep by manipulating the immune systems of both animals, a step that may soon allow scientists to grow organs for human transplantation. Other scientists conducting similar cross-species experiments said the Nebraska results are limited because the livestock are genetically similar. More research into the biochemistry of tissue rejection is needed before human tests could take place, they cautioned. “The main practical limitation is that the immunity barrier between the sheep and the pig is probably lower than that between a pig and a human,” said Dr. Jeffrey Platt, a transplant biologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “It would not shock me to find out it didn’t have that big an impact on a human," Platt said. Details of the experiment conducted on 13 pairs of pigs and sheep at the University of Nebraska Medical Center appear in the February issue of the journal Annals of Surgery'. First, researchers took bone marrow cells from the sheep and transferred them to a pig fetus. After the pig was born, they took disease-fighting white cells from the pig’s spleen and transferred them back to the sheep. These cells contained genetic material from both animals. When the pig matured, the pig’s heart was grafted onto the outside of the sheep and connected to blood vessels located below the sheep s neck. The sheep retained their own hearts. Modest amounts of immunosuppression drugs were given to the sheep to avoid organ rejection, but the doses were lower than those normally given to humans receiving heart transplants, said the study’s senior author, William Beschorner. Of the 13 sheep with graft ed pig hearts, one rejected the new heart. 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